Sunil Ghai | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe
Sunil Ghai was born in India in 1977, and grew up in the prosperous city of Gwalior in Central India. He is the leading Indian chef in Ireland, winning an impressive array of awards including FOOD&WINE Magazine’s Chef of the Year 2009. Former Corporate Chef of the Jaipur & Ananda Restaurant Group and has won many fans for his bold, contemporary cooking style.
He is currently at the helm of his own Venture at Pickle Restaurant Eating house & Bar on Camden street, Dublin 2.
“Many of my influences in the creation of my recipes come from my mother. she has a fantastic imagination when it came to cooking and I have yet to taste food quite like it. In the kitchen, I found the answers to all my curiosities,” says Indian born chef Sunil Ghai".
His home city of Gwalior was an ideal starting point for an aspiring chef. Known as the city of music it boasts over 400 years of royal music patronage which also brought with it the best cuisine from every corner of the nation. Sunil's first passion in life was cricket followed by his mother's first love – cooking. "The wonderful thing about growing up in Gwalior was the eclectic influences all around you. It’s a melting pot of culinary delights from all over the many different regions of India,” says Sunil.
He graduated from the Gwalior Catering in 1996. He also gained an Economics' degree in 1996. While studying for both qualifications The Oberoi Hotel Group recruited him as a trainee chef in 1995. He remained there for five years covering all aspects and regions of Indian cuisine.
Sunil’s food philosophy is inspired by the rich culinary traditions of the sub-continent, reworked in an enticingly traditional. The very best local, fresh ingredients, the world’s finest spices, and the talent of the pickle team combine to meet the challenge of creating beautiful & Tasty plate of food
Seasons and regions are reflected in a menu that changes to honour the particular qualities of non-indigenous ingredients and the traditional tastes and styles that best suit them. From the rich, meat-based foods of the up North to the vegetarian cuisine of Kashmir and the, a world of tastes is distilled to create the essence of pickle
For Sunil “each plate is a journey, a delight for the eye and the palette.”

Pickle awards

  • Pickle won Best world cuisine 2016 food and wine
  • Best ethnic restaurant 2017 by Georgina Campbell
  • Yest chef awards 2016 best indian in ireland ..
  • Listed in McKenna’s 100 best in Ireland.
Years at Litfest: 2017
Type: regular


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